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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Sue Shanahan  

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Illinois Connection

Sue was born in Joliet and resides in Mokena, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Acclaimed illustrator Sue Shanahan never met author Jennifer Murphy-Morrical, but together they produced the book ''What I Believe'', a beautiful colletion of thoughts on love, hope, friendship and kindness. Sue created most of the book's illustrations between commissions over the past few years. Jennifer wroter the sentiments to her children. The book's publisher brought the two works together, and drawings and thoughts matched perfectly. Sue's other books include ''Sarah the Best Bridesmaid'' and several collections of sticker paper dolls. Sue is a freelance artist and illustrator, she paints portraits of children and creates beautiful prints for different occasions. The Illnois State Library has commissioned Sue to create art for the annual Family Reading Night Celebration. To take a look at Sue's beautiful work, see her websites [] and [].Below is a link to an iMovie of Sue's art played to the song "Wonder." The intention behind it is to celebrate the unique beauty of each child. Natalie Merchant gave Sue personal permission to post it on you tube - [].

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-- Sue was honored at the 2005 Illinois Authors Book Fair sponsored by the Illinois Center for the Book and the Illinois State Library in Springfield, Illinois.